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Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem

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1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredicatable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists' deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.
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  • Elías Urquizashared an impression3 months ago

    Great ideas, with questionable execution at times. Definitely worth a read.

    Its cast of characters are mostly just tools to tell the story, save for one of them which does have quite an amount of development.

    The Three Body Problem is terrifying at times, specially as one gets closer to the ending. Its ideas will be ingrained into my mind for a long time.

  • Natalia Gunkovskashared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    One the greatest science fiction book of my reading year. A bit difficult in the parts of physics and astrophysics descriptions but understandable. Love the idea that aliens are not our friends)

  • Jonas Skovgaard Rasmussenshared an impression5 years ago
    👍Worth reading



  • Alla Nabatovahas quoted8 years ago
    the first cry that could be heard in space from civilization on Earth was already spreading out from the sun to the universe at the speed of light. A star-powered radio wave, like a majestic tide, had already crossed the orbit of Jupiter.
  • Miriamhas quoted3 years ago
    If killing you would solve the problem, you’d all be dead by now. But the most effective technique remains disrupting your thoughts.
  • Monal Razdanhas quotedyesterday
    Based on these two successes, Pan’s opinions on social issues had grown more and more influential. He believed that technological progress was a disease in human society. The explosive development of technology was analogous to the growth of cancer cells, and the results would be identical: the exhaustion of all sources of nourishment, the destruction of organs, and the final death of the host body. He advocated abolishing crude technologies such as fossil fuels and nuclear energy and keeping gentler technologies such as solar power and small-scale hydroelectric power. He believed in the gradual de-urbanization of modern metropolises by distributing the population more evenly in self-sufficient small towns and villages. Relying on the gentler technologies, he would build a new agricultural society.
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